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Published: Thursday, 9/24/2009

A little helpful mentoring for the Detroit Lions from The Onion

"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."

Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.

WHERE'S THE ROAR: The folks at The Onion are consistently funny even when they're picking on our favorite sons. Here they are smacking the Detroit Lions around in a skit that presumes the football team is made up of a bunch of little kids who can't win a game. The little kids part is, of course, not true. (RL)

ATWITTER: Welcome to the new media age. Apparently the whole country -- at least the Twitter nation -- watched the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night together. MTV kept track of the Twitter traffic and there were 1.3 million Tweets during the broadcast, which translates into a lot of thumb work. (RL)

JAY SCORES: Jay Leno's first night on his new job was highly anticipated and let's face it, plenty of people thought he'd fail. Instead he hit a ratings home run despite all the critics kicking it around. The Blade's Kirk Baird wasn't a big fan either. (RL)

REST IN PEACE: Patrick Swayze fought his battle with pancreatic cancer with the kind of bravery and straight-forward grace that he displayed throughout his life. He stayed married to the same woman for more than 30 years and was an aberration among the flaky narcissism we've come to take from granted from Hollywood types. And he could be pretty funny. (RL)

DEJA VU: Kanye West's outburst at the Video Music Awards was by no means out of character. Check out some of his previous tantrums or see what he had to say to Jay Leno about the whole thing. (RS)

GATHERING MOSS: Poor Mick Taylor. After contributing to the Rolling Stones greatest creative period in the early '70s he's now down and out. Seems like the boys could cut him a check for a few million just for his work on the "Sticky Fingers" album if nothing else. (RL)

NOT TO GOOD TO BE TRUE: We're not making this up. Students at the University of Houston get college credits for playing Wii games. Lucky, lucky, lucky. (RL)

WIMP FACTOR: Sheesh, Kanye West gets all diva-y with the innocuous Taylor Swift at the MTV video awards show Sunday? Lame-o. Kanye needs to accept that: A) These awards are stupid and B) He's got to be the wimpiest rapper ever, given his annual whinefest over himself or his pals not winning. Time to grow up, fella. (RL)

LOVE BITES: The trailer for the new Twilight movie is out. Pardon us for our ignorance here in the Thin Slices headquarters, but this movie looks awfully complicated. And how come no one says, "I vant to suck your blood"? (RL)

DECORUM!!!!: Your reaction to this one probably depends on whether or not you have, or have had, a 2-year-old child at any point. If you have, then you're probably with the parents: shocked!!!! But if you haven't, well, truthfully, you're probably thinking, "I can see that." (RL)

Rod Lockwood


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